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Main Street’s ‘Music in Park’ series expands offerings

Opening acts, food will now be available
at summer series

(June 2014) – The Madison Main Street Program is ready to provide the soundtrack for fond summer memories with its “Music in the Park” concert series. Residents are invited to come out to the Broadway Fountain throughout the summer for evenings of music, dancing and fun.

Rumors

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The Rumors, a popular southern Indiana-based band, consists of Troy Stiller, Rob Martin, Jon Beyl and Jerry McBroom.

Terri Waller, manager at Galena Garlic, is busy with her first year as an Main Street Program committee member for the series after enjoying the program from the audience for years. “I like it because it is something free to the community, something all ages enjoy. It brings the community together.”
She vividly recalls watching a little boy dancing happily with his mother and his balloon at one of the first concerts she attended. “The balloon set sail” and made a beautiful image “just going up alongside the church steeple,” she recalls. “It just seemed like everything was good at that moment. Everyone was together and content. Nobody had a bad thought at all.”
The summer series kicks off June 13 with duo Kris Luckett and Greg Ziesemer opening for the Sellersburg-based group, The Rumors. Food sales start at 5 p.m. with the music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monthly concerts continue through September, with The Louisville Crashers headlining the final show of the season. Waller said she is excited at the mix of talent that the series will be presenting. “I like all of the selections we’ve made this year,” she says enthusiastically, “I’m looking forward to seeing the new ones as well as the ones we’ve had before.”

Music in the Park Lineup

• June 13: The Rumors with opener Kris Luckett & Greg Ziesemer
• July 11: The Doctors Band with opener Ryan Nix
• Aug. 8: Slick River Rockets with opener The Barefoot Best Friends
• Sept. 12: The Louisville Crashers with opener Chris Jesse

• All concerts begin at 7 p.m. at Broadway Fountain in Madison, Ind. Food available at 5 p.m. Opening acts begin at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Madison Main Street Program

Main Street Program Director Whitney Wyatt said that while the series has been a tradition since the mid-1990s, organizers began work to expand the events in 2012. “We wanted to see larger crowds and more excitement around the event. We also realized our guests were interested in more than just music. First, we decided to hire regionally famous headliners and create opening act time slots for local and regional budding musicians. Also, we realized our crowds could benefit from other elements, such as dynamic food and specialty shopping. We’ve slowly built up these items.”
Waller explains the new additions saying, “We’re trying to make it more of a full evening out.” Concert-goers are invited to come and enjoy the new Music in the Park Street Market, which will give shoppers a sneak peek at emerging Madison businesses.
Wyatt ex-plains the program as “designed to target local entrepreneurs interested in building a real business by allowing them to set up and sell or promote their business at our events.” She hopes that some of those who have success at their booths during the concert series will decide to establish a permanent store downtown.

Doctors Band

File photo by Don Ward

The Doctors Band of Madison is a popular group that plays rock and roll favorites of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

“This is our way of attracting small start-ups and providing an opportunity for them to grow from a home-based business to a fully functional local business. We will also open this opportunity to existing storefront businesses downtown that could use a launch pad for expanding their business.”
Waller said she hopes that people will “come by a little earlier, look at the craft fair, get something to eat – just wander around and relax after a full day of work.”
As part of providing a full evening out, the Main Street Program is expanding the food service at the concerts. “We will be featuring Jug Head’s Grub Co. and Frazer Dogs as our main food vendors, just as we did last year,” Wyatt said. “These vendors were a huge hit. Main Street Program always sells ice cold bottled water and popcorn as well. New this year will be Lemon Shake Ups, and Main Street Program will be selling Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream as an additional program fund raiser.”
Music in the Park has proved to be a great way to connect residents, business owners and musicians. Wyatt says that by “locating the event just off the Main Street commercial district, we are able to promote downtown Madison as a venue for entertainment. Our locals get to soak in the ambiance of downtown Madison, thus growing more comfortable with the area if they do not already frequent it.”
Throughout the year, committee members keep their ears open for exciting talent to include in the series. Wyatt highlights “talent” and “word of mouth popularity in the area” as things organizers look for in a band for the series. For musicians looking to get their name out for future years, she encourages them to take part in the downtown Fourth Friday events, held on Main Street nine months out of the year.
“This is a great way for a musician to make contacts and gain exposure,” she explains.
Waller said she hopes hat the concerts will help families make memories together. “We look for something that is going to appeal to people of all ages – something that will bring the people down.”

•  For more information, email Whitney Wyatt at: madisonmainstreetprogram@gmail.com.

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